QB MATT SCHAUB VS SAN DIEGO
Matt Schuab has been terribly inconsistent for his fantasy owners this season. Each week Schaub will either put up great numbers or he’ll score less than 15 points for your fantasy team. Most considered Schaub a top fantasy quarterback going into the year, but he’s currently ranked in the middle of the pack through the first half of the season. This Sunday against San Diego’s top ranked passing defense, I wouldn’t take a chance on Schaub as the Chargers have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to QBs this year. If you have a safer and more consistent option on your bench, roll with that player instead this week.
QB BRETT FAVRE VS ARIZONA
Favre is another quarterback that hasn’t panned out for fantasy owners thus far. In fact, Favre is one of the bottom five ranked fantasy quarterbacks this season. Last week against the Patriots, old man Favre had a good outing before getting injured and provided some hope for his owners. However, the 41-year old is now without Randy Moss, Sidney Rice is still at least a week away from returning, and Percy Harvin may also be out on Sunday. Even with a favorable matchup against Arizona this week, Favre can’t be trusted right now as a fantasy option.RUNNING BACKS
RB JONATHAN STEWART VS NEW ORLEANS
For the second week in a row, Stewart will carry a full load in Carolina’s backfield as starter DeAngelo Williams is sidelined with a foot injury. Last Sunday, Stewart started in what seemed to be a favorable matchup against the Rams but disappointed his owners, rushing for only 30 yards on 14 carries. Stewart has been one of the biggest fantasy busts this year and has rushed for just 178 yards in seven games, only two more yards than Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman has on the ground. For the owners that want to give him another chance this week against New Orleans, I wouldn’t take that risk. While Stewart had a season high 13 fantasy points against the Saints in week four, 11 of those came on a fluke 55-yard touchdown reception in which New Orleans forgot to cover him out of the backfield on that play. After last Sunday’s performance and a pathetic 2.8 yards per carry average on the season, I would bench Stewart and consider another option at the RB2 or flex spot this weekend.
RB MARSHAWN LYNCH VS NEW YORK
Lynch had an awful day against the Raiders last Sunday, rushing for only seven yards on nine carries and scoring zero fantasy points. Lynch will most likely score more points this week, but his production still won’t be good. Lynch goes up against New York’s stout run defense, which is ranked no. 1 in the NFC. On top of that, Charlie Whitehurst will make his first career start for Seattle at QB with starter Matt Hasselbeck out, diminishing Lynch’s value even more as the Giants will stack the line and dare Whitehurst to beat them passing the ball. Better days will be ahead for Lynch, but right now he is better left on your bench.WIDE RECEIVERS
WR CHAD OCHOCINCO VS PITTSBURGH
Chad Ochocinco has taken a backseat to Terrell Owens in Cincinnati. Ochocinco turned out to be correct when he called Owens “Batman” and himself “Robin” before the start of the season. Ochocinco has disappointed many fantasy owners with his inconsistent production, scoring only two touchdowns this year and averaging only 5.5 points a game in the last six weeks. He has also struggled throughout his career against the Steelers and I don’t expect any different results on Monday night. I would only use Ochocinco as a WR3 or flex play this week if you don’t have any better options.
WR MARQUES COLSTON AT CAROLINA
After starting out the season slowly, Colston has picked up his production in the last two weeks scoring a combined 30 fantasy points. However, this week he goes up against Carolina again and in his last meeting with them in week four, he only produced three fantasy points. Believe it or not, the 1-6 Panthers have been very strong defending opposing wide receivers and actually have the no. 4 ranked passing defense in the league. Think twice about using Colston this week if you have better WR options on your bench.TIGHT ENDS
TE DUSTIN KELLER AT DETROIT
Most people will look at Keller’s matchup against the Lions and auto-start him without any hesitation. However, if you look deeper you will find that the Lions do well against opposing tight ends, allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to that position this season. Keller has also averaged only four fantasy points the last three weeks. The Jets will also be looking to run the ball early and often against Detroit’s awful rush defense, limiting QB Mark Sanchez’s passing opportunities. If you keep two tight ends on your roster, consider starting your other TE option if he has a more favorable matchup.DEF/ST
EAGLES DEF VS INDIANAPOLIS
The Eagles defense is a risky start against the Indianapolis Mannings. Although Philadelphia is usually a good fantasy start, the Colts offense averages 27.6 points a game and future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning doesn’t make many mistakes. The Eagles do get DeSean Jackson back this week and there’s always a chance he may be good for a punt return touchdown, but I would rather pick up another defense to play this week with a more favorable matchup.
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